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The Online News Association’s (ONA) annual conference in Denver, Colorado this month featured speakers like futurist Amy Webb who reminded us that “bots”
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In her “Tech Trends for Journalists“ presentation, Webb urged journalists to look ahead and follow emerging trends.
“The future of news depends on your ability to see what’s happening at the fringe and follow it to the mainstream,” she said.
Webb’s “2016 Trend Report” zeroed in on “bots.” It said news organizations would soon use them to sort and tag articles in real time.
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The Associated Press (AP), Thomson-Reuters, Bloomberg News, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times have used them in recent years to crunch numbers in formulaic writing of repetitive business reports, weather forecasts and sports news.
To understand the trend, journalism educator, digital media scholar and online news pioneer Alfred Hermida tweeted: “Download and read the @TowCenter guide to automated journalism mentioned at #ONA16campaign #ONA16 ow.ly/L2rG304i3eX.”
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The key word is “accurate.” After all, somebody has to generate that information and verify it, automation, speed, and scale notwithstanding.
Last month, Facebook tried to automate its “Trending” news section but the initiative bombed.
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